Secrets of the Tesla Model Y Octovalve

The incredible level of integration of the Model Y's thermal management system provides Tesla numerous advantages.

Dan Carney, Senior Editor

October 30, 2020

2 Min Read
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While “octovalve” sounds like it could be a Bond villain’s secret weapon, it is in fact quasi-Bond villain Elon Musk’s secret weapon in his Tesla EVs.

That’s what Cory Steuben, president of Munro & Associates, will explain in his presentation, “Tesla Model Y Exposed: Heat Pump and Octovalve” at The Battery Show & EV Tech Expo Digital Days. The presentation is Thursday, Nov. 12 at 11:15 am.

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Steuben promises insight into the intricacies of the Tesla Model Y heat pump system, which he terms, “The world’s best EV thermal management system.” Multiple components will be shown with full 3D CT scans to illustrate the complex nature of the assemblies.

Probably the most crucial of those assemblies is the aforementioned octovalve. The device is an eight-port, five-position rotary valve that controls the flow of ethylene glycol coolant through the Model Y’s thermal system.

Other carmakers have devices that do the same job, but the octovalve’s high level of integration lends Tesla advantages over rivals in areas of reliability, packaging, and integration, reports Steuben. “The Jaguar I-Pace and Nissan Leaf heat pump systems are not remotely close to the level of packaging,” Steuben states.

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Since 1988, Munro & Associates has consistently saved companies billions of dollars spanning the gamut of manufacturing industries from aerospace, defense, automotive, marine, medical, heavy industries, MTDM, consumer electronics, and more. Munro & Associates has a proven track record of helping companies reduce “time to market”, R&D, engineering, and manufacturing costs all while increasing the quality of customers' products, processes, and systems.

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Steuben joined Munro & Associates in September of 2005, shortly after starting his education at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. Cory Steuben’s career has blossomed through positive results with several Tier 1 and OEM automotive companies, conducting internal Product and Process Integration (PPIW) reviews, Digital Scroll Builds (DSB), Weight Benchmarking (WB), and Competitive Vehicle Analysis Reports (CVA).

His insights into the inner workings of components that provide Tesla a competitive advantage will prove well worth attendees’ time.

About the Author(s)

Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

Dan’s coverage of the auto industry over three decades has taken him to the racetracks, automotive engineering centers, vehicle simulators, wind tunnels, and crash-test labs of the world.

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